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Issuance Of Title Deeds Takes Time, Says Housing Minister

Issuance Of Title Deeds Takes Time, Says Housing Minister

Residents of Epworth and Eastview, among other informal settlements, should not expect to get title deeds anytime soon after a Cabinet minister said the regularisation of such settlements takes time.

In February, President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to issue 80 000 title deeds ahead of the March by-elections, a development that critics said was a campaign gimmick.

Last week, National Housing and Social Amenities Minister Daniel Garwe said that the issuance of title deeds is not an event but a process. He said:

People are misunderstanding the issuance of title deeds as an event. It’s not an event, it’s a process.

In the context of Zimbabwe, the issuance of title deeds is two-fold: The first one is an area such as this one where the settlement has been properly planned, roads constructed, water, sewer and everything.

The other one is that we are now looking at informal settlements like Epworth, Caledonia (Eastview) in Goromonzi. This land was invaded by land barons.

It was not transferred from the Lands ministry to the Local Government ministry. That process is now taking place.

You can’t just come and give a person a paper without a description of the property.

So, the process gives rise to the creation of the proper description which appears on the title deed.

The regularisation process is part of the title deeds issuance process.

Kushinga Epworth Residents Trust co-ordinator John Mabwe told NewsDay that the regularisation exercise was mired in corruption.

Epworth Residents Development Association secretary Peter Nyapetwa said the ruling ZANU PF party was using the issues of title deeds to gain political mileage ahead of the 2023 general elections. | NewsDay

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10 Comments

Bright 1 month ago

Apa paya ku rally yeku epworth yainzi munomawana rimwe gore so kumbare kwakanzi tokuvakirai ma flats


Game over 1 month ago

Epworth residents its game over 🤣🤣🤣


xxc 1 month ago

Amen


1 month ago

If getting title deeds has taken more than 5 years after being promised before actually getting anything, it means it requires more time like the Minister is saying, more time than it took come up with a COVID vaccine to be produced. Talking of ZESA (Zimbabwe Elite Selfish Association) will require at least 30 years to complete the full assessment of a good power plant deal with our Germany friends' friend of Geogenix B.V. Pomona deal.


Dred 1 month ago

Votes ZANU then we will give you title deeds


Zuze 1 month ago

You mean Little deeds?

Mdra 1 month ago

Dred matswameiko Zanu aah ah kana


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Machiavelli 1 month ago

While the promises of Title Deeds to residents of Epworth appeared to work for ZANU in the March by-election, it has turned into the Achilles Heel in 2023. Now that it is no longer feasible to use that as a campaign weapon, ZANU will be hard put to explain failure to provide Title Deeds. It was very clear from the outset that Epworth residents are squatters on Methodist Church land. Until and unless government negotiates cession with the owners of the land, individual titles are a pipe dream.

What then is going to be ZANU's campaign tool in Epworth? I foresee the two seats going to the opposition in 2023, without them campaigning at all


why were you claiming that 1 month ago

pple were hounding you off pindula yet you are posting freely about Zanu pf what kind of sick joke was that.i used to respect you but you are just as useless a loser as other id'iots on this platform pfutse'ki.

Machiavelli 1 month ago

Thank you @why were you...


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